I am a political economist, development policy scholar and research consultant with proven expertise in project management and socio-economic analysis. My academic work focuses on the political economy of development in resource extractive economies.
It exposes narrow theoretical claims associated with new institutional economics, conventional innnovation systems analysis, and resource curse theory about the role, nature and operation of institutions in the economic development of resource-producing economies in the Global South.
I propose a governance framework that helps arrive at more empirically grounded, theoretically rigorous conclusions to better illustrate these dynamics. Through incorporation of institutional, industrial, and firm-level analyses I explain how and under what conditions states in resource-dependent economies can advance industrialisation.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, I have traveled extensively and delivered talks and presentations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Apart from my academic work, I have served on Advisory Panels for the United Nations Development Programme, worked on short-term consulting contracts with other United Nations agencies, economic development agencies and non-governmental and non-profit organisations.